VIOLENCE & SON
ROYAL COURT (JERWOOD THEATRE)
3rd June 2015 - 11th July 2015
The cast has been announced today for Gary Owen's play Violence and Son at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court Theatre in London (3 June to 11 July - press night 8 June). The full cast is Morfydd Clark, Jason Hughes, David Moorst and Siwan Morris.
Directed by Hamish Pirie, Gary Owen's intimate new play is about what parents pass on and trying to do the right thing.
"People know, you're my boy. And they know better than to lay a fucking finger on you. See? You are safer here with me, than you have ever been."
Liam's 17 years old, loves Dr Who and has lost his mum. He has had to move to Wales, to the valleys, to the middle of nowhere, to live with a dad he doesn't know. Whose nickname isn't Violence for nothing.
Morfydd Clark will play Jen, Jason Hughes will play Rick (aka Violence), David Moorst will play Liam and Siwan Morris will play Suze.
The production is designed by Cai Dyfan, with lighting design by Lizzie Powell and music and sound design by Mark Melville.
Violence and Son will be accompanied by three Big Idea events Violence and Shame with psychologist and poet Jonathan Asser (10 June), Gary Owen in Conversation (25 June ) and Power and Consent with academics Dr Susan Hansen and Dr Jackie Gray who specialise in forensic psychology (8 July).
Welsh playwright Gary Owen makes his Royal Court debut with Violence and Son. He is winner of the Meyer Whitworth, George Devine and Pearson best play awards.? His other plays include Iphigenia in Splott, Love Steals Us From Loneliness, Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco, The Shadow of a Boy, (winner, Meyer Whitworth Award, George Devine Award), The Drowned World (winner, Fringe First and Pearson Best Play Award), Ghost City, Cancer Time, SK8, Big Hopes, In the Pipeline, Blackthorn, Mary Twice, Amgen:Broken, Bulletproof, The Ugly Truth and Free Folk. His adaptations include Spring Awakening and Ring Ring, a new version of La Ronde for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Dickens A Christmas Carol for Sherman Cymru. He is a Creative Associate at Watford Palace Theatre, where his plays We That Are Left, Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian, and Perfect Match have been produced.?
Hamish Pirie is Associate Director at the Royal Court and this will be his third production for the theatre after directing Who Cares and Teh Internet is Serious Business. His previous directing credits include I'm With The Band and Demos, Quiz Show, Love With A Capital 'L', 3 Seconds, Most Favoured, Bravo Figaro and The Last Bloom at the Traverse, Edinburgh (where he was previously Associate Director) and Salt Root and Roe for the Donmar Warehouse's Trafalgar Studio season.
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